Space Traffic Management: Standardizing On-Orbit Behavior

AJIL Unbound, v. 113

Posted: 3 Jun 2019

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P. J. Blount

Universite du Luxembourg - Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance; University of Mississippi - School of Law

Date Written: 2019

Abstract

As the number and intensity of space activities increase, so will the need for rules on Space Traffic Management (STM). Emerging technologies such as mega-constellations, which are satellite constellations consisting of hundreds or even thousands of satellites, may stretch the limits of the current informal coordination system. The goal of this essay is to discuss the critical elements of a system of STM that would, through standardization, establish trust in the resulting system. The standardization elements will be divided into three categories: data standards, processing standards, and legal standards. I argue that a system of STM requires standardized practices that are based on a strong technical foundation in order to enhance trust among space actors. After discussing the types of standards that are needed for STM, I turn to possible paths for achieving a globally effective STM system.

Keywords: Space Law, Space Traffic Management

Suggested Citation

Blount, P. J., Space Traffic Management: Standardizing On-Orbit Behavior (2019). AJIL Unbound, v. 113, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3388564

P. J. Blount (Contact Author)

Universite du Luxembourg - Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance ( email )

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University of Mississippi - School of Law ( email )

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